Yuan Ru Gallery (booth F4 Central) will make its glorious debut at Art Central this year in March, bringing with it the shining examples of the best Taiwanese artwork, including three brand new never-before-seen masterpieces by Contemporary Realist artist Chien-Hsing Lien, and two mixed media pieces by Taiwan’s Master of Public Art Jun T Lai, an unmissable event for art lovers. Also represented are French artist Baptiste Tavernier whose artwork centers on urban labyrinths and Yuan-Ru Hsieh whose powerful emotive artworks are inspired by the Gutai movement.
A native Taiwanese Contemporary Realist artist, Chien-Hsing Lien is known for his magical touch on realism, easily bringing the viewers into his fantasy world of treacherous beauty, therefore making him a firm favourite among art collectors and at auctions worldwide. In the past 30 years, he has been exceptional at reinterpreting derelict sceneries, a way for him to reflect his concerns and scrutiny on social issues such as ecological conservations and environmental protections. With a surreal approach to his realism art pieces, it sends a powerful message to say the least.
At this year’s Art Central, Yuan Ru Gallery will exhibit three never-before-seen masterpieces by Chien-Hsing Lien. A giant prehistoric elephant swims in the Taiwan basin as penguins frolic above and underwater, without a care in the world in Arctic Elephant Roams the Taipei Basin. In the basin, Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, leans precariously while a long-abandoned amusement park sits quietly on the basin floor. This oil painting is one of three by Lien, which sets the tone for Yuan Ru Gallery’s exhibition theme “Apocalyptic Nostalgia.”
Jun T Lai is Taiwan’s foremost Master of Public Art. Her art pieces employ a plethora of colors as the creative medium, and by declaring freedom and light in her pieces, they somehow bring comfort to the souls of the viewers. Jun T Lai has been hard at work in her area for over four decades, and in the past twenty years, she has transformed her expertise as a mixed media artist to 3D public art pieces. Her public art is recognized all over Taiwan at subway stations, airports, government buildings, universities, and public parks. Since 2005, Lai’s Ocean Garden, a vast installation at Hong Kong’s Tsing Yi station, has brought over a decade of light and color, feelings of serenity and peace to the hearts of travelers. Yuan Ru Gallery will feature two of her mixed media art works at Art Central, including her larger-than-life masterpiece Shiny Love: Maritime Treasure.
Inspired by the reflection of the morning sun on the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful scenery right outside her studio window in Taitung serves as a representation of her love for nature’s beauty and power. Shiny Love: Maritime Treasure unabashedly reflects light and radiates life energy, with colors jumping off the artwork and flitting on the floor and walls as if dancing. Standing in front of Lai’s masterpiece, you absorb the vitality emanating from the art and see your reflection, as if you too inhabit the colorful existence of Shiny Love: Maritime Treasure.
French artist Baptiste Tavernier shows his latest surrealist birds-eye-views urban mazes of Manhattan and Hong Kong Victoria Harbour. His current art trajectory questions our societal choices on consumerism and urbanism, and their impacts on our environment. In NYC AT 33, Tavernier depicts a desolated post-Trump era Manhattan, utilizing his signature technique of imposing black matter over the land, which is also seen in Red Harbour. In his second artwork, Tavernier underscores the potential disastrous consequences of uncontrolled materialism symbolized by the use of ancient Chinese coins in labyrinthine fashion, with stark red polluted water and barren black lands.
Taiwanese-American artist/gallerist Yuan-Ru Hsieh’s artwork is inspired by the masters of the Gutai movement with their uninhibited and at the time unconventional methods of painting without a brush. In Hsieh’s artwork Aftermath, the use of her fingers and palms to directly impress the paint and thus transferring her emotions onto the canvas, allows her to form a direct and powerful bond to the artwork itself and to the viewers.
In her second art piece, City Lumiere is an abstract piece which reflect the interaction between technology and humanity. Computer network controls city lights, underscoring the significant dependence of humans on technology for every day survival. This artwork was strongly influenced by the visionary world created by Japanese artists like Masamune Shirow, who foresaw the omnipresence and omniscience of technology in modern society.